Cracking the code : an approach to developing professional writing skills

NELSON, Pete and WEATHERALD, Cal (2014). Cracking the code : an approach to developing professional writing skills. Social Work Education, 33 (1), 105-120.

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The development of writing skills sufficient to meet the complexities of contemporary social work practice is a growing demand of employers and practice educators. This paper explores the development, implementation and evaluation of a university writing skills programme for social work students. The paper explores current pedagogical debate relating to student support and the development of writing skills and relates this debate to meeting the needs of social work students engaged in practice learning and professional practice. A number of questions are raised about current social work education in England and the needs of students entering from non-traditional academic backgrounds facing the increasingly rigorous demands of professional report writing. The discussion is then grounded in a practice example of staff from a university social work course and education guidance service working together to meet student need in respect of developing writing skills. The paper concludes by setting out a range of challenges arising from experience of the programme and a consideration of theory, and points to potential ways forward based on a social practice approach to teaching writing skills.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 105-120
Depositing User: Pete Nelson
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 14:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:45

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